She comes when you need her but don't want her, and she leaves when you want her but no longer need her.
She's Nanny McPhee -- a godsend to exasperated parents who has the uncanny ability to teach children lessons simply by nudging them in the right direction (and with a little help from magic).
In Nanny McPhee Returns, Emma Thompson (who also writes the films) reprises her role as the enchanting but stern nanny who swoops in on the Green family farm, being held down by Mrs. Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) while her husband is away at war.
With three children of her own, plus two hoity-toity cousins from the city who cause bickering the moment their designer shoes hit the mud, the house is undeniably chaotic and Mrs. Green is at her wits' end.
While kids will giggle at synchronized swimming pigs, parents will appreciate the storyline. Not because of sexual innuendos displaced throughout (thanks, Shrek), but because they can relate to what the harried mother is going through ... "Time to myself? You mean, time to myself?"
The child actors are absolutely adorable, acting out scenes that will tug at your heartstrings and make you want to grab your child sitting beside you in the theater and hug him ever so tightly.
The film is now out in theaters, so take some "time to yourself" and go see it, even if it's with the kids.
Do you plan on seeing Nanny McPhee Returns?
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